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Blog posts November 2014

First Sunday of Advent

Alleluia Psalm 85:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Show us Lord, your love;
and grant us your salvation.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel                             Mark 13:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is li…

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Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel                              Luke 21:34-36

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone

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Friday ot the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel                                           Luke 21:29-33

Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you…

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Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

-Mary L. Bradshaw Duncan

God is faithful,
and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gospel                                  Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,

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Wednesday of the Thirty Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel                                             Luke 21:12-19

Jesus said to the crowd:
“They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my nam…

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Twenty-fourth Tuesday after Pentecost

Gospel                                       Luke 21:5-11

While some people were speaking about
how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings,
Jesus said, “All that you see here–
the days will come when there will not be left
a stone upon…

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Twenty-fourth Monday after Pentecost


Gospel                                          Luke 21:1-4

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people
putting their offerings into the treasury
and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.
He said, “I tell you truly,
this poor widow put in…

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Reading 1 EZ 34:11-12, 15-17

Thus says the Lord GOD:
I myself will look after and tend my sheep.
As a shepherd tends his flock
when he finds himself among his scattered sheep,
so will I tend my sheep.
I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered
when it was cloudy and dark.
I my…

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Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

Gospel                                         Luke 20:27-40

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying,
“Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child…

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Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin

Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century. Although the feast a…

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Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel                          Luke 19:41-44

As Jesus drew near Jerusalem,
he saw the city and wept over it, saying,
“If this day you only knew what makes for peace–
but now it is hidden from your eyes.
For the days are coming upon you
when your enemies will raise a palis…

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Wednesday of the Thirty-third week in Ordinary Time


Gospel              Luke 19:11-28

While people were listening to Jesus speak,
he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem
and they thought that the Kingdom of God
would appear there immediately.
So he said,
“A nobleman went off to a distant country
to obtain the kingsh…

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Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time


Gospel                             Luke 19:1-10

At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
was seeking to see who Jesus was;
but he could not see him …

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Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

Gospel    Luke 18:35-43

As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
The people walking in front…

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading 1            Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

When one finds a worthy wife,
her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,
has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil,
all the days of her life.
She obtains wool and flax
and works with lovi…

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Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel                                   Luke 18:1-8

Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a w…

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Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel                  Luke 17:26-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed …

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Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini


Patron Saint of Immigrants

Mother Cabrini

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

July 15, 1850 - December 22, 1917

On the day that Frances was born,  a flock of white doves flocked onto her father's land.  Unfortunately, a dove was hurt as Agostino Cabrini scared the doves away.  After nursing the do…

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Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Responsorial Psalm 23:1-6

R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
He guides me …

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Memorial of St. Martin of Tours, Bishop

Gospel                                      Luke 17:7-10

Jesus said to the Apostles:
“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not …

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